All Charges Dropped Against Actor Jussie Smollett

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All charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett.

The 36-year-old Empire actor made an emergency court appearance on Tuesday in Chicago, and according to his lawyers, he will no longer face charges for allegedly filing a false police report in which he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime.

Smollett’s lawyer sent a statement to ET, and said Smollett was in fact attacked by two people on Jan. 29.

“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” the statement reads. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement.”   

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions,” the statement continues. “This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result. Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.” 

On March 14, Smollett pleaded not guilty to the 16 felony counts he was indicted on earlier this month. The counts focused on him allegedly making false statements made to two different Chicago Police officers. When reporting the January attack, Smollett claimed that he was assaulted by two masked men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.

“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time of this transmission there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed,” the indictment stated.

In a press conference following Smollett’s arrest, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson claimed that the actor staged his alleged attack to promote his career, and because he was “dissatisfied” with his Empire salary.

“As far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on his face were most likely self-inflicted,” Johnson alleged. ” … Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

Smollett has maintained that he is a victim and denied all allegations that he staged the incident.